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Again in Morgantown, Sadaya Jones leads Mohigans to area championship

MORGANTOWN — Final season when the Morgantown ladies basketball group hoisted the 2023 state championship trophy, junior Sadaya Jones wasn’t there to rejoice as a member of the group. After spending her freshman 12 months at MHS, and dropping within the state title sport to Huntington, Jones performed her sophomore season at Fairmont Senior.

This season, she returned residence to Morgantown and has been nothing in need of a game-changer for the Mohigans. That was by no means extra evident than on Thursday towards College in a Area I co-final, when Jones scored a game-high 33 factors, grabbed eight rebounds and led her group in a strong defensive effort to assist MHS return to the state match for a shot at defending its 2023 state championship.

“Actually, when Lily (Jordan) went out along with her damage all of us knew all of us got here collectively and knew we needed to step up in an enormous approach, and I put it on myself to be a frontrunner for this group,” Jones stated. “Basketball is a sport of runs, we went down and saved combating and stayed affected person as a group.”

Morgantown held an prolonged lead for many of the contest on Thursday earlier than the Hawks made a surge within the third quarter, doubling their level whole from the primary half and finally taking a lead 30-29 with three minutes to go within the third quarter.

Jones answered proper again with one in all her 4 triples within the sport that sparked a 7-0 run by MHS to finish the body. That run grew to 15-0 between the third and fourth quarters after choosing up the place they left off on the finish of the third and opening the fourth on one other run, this time of 8-0.

“Sadaya is at all times able to that kind of efficiency for us, she performed affected person tonight and took some nice photographs. She was nice this night,” MHS head coach Doug Goodwin stated.

Not solely did Jones make the distinction on offense for Morgantown, however she was additionally tasked with guarding College’s high scorer, first-team all-stater Ella Simpson, who completed with 9 factors on the night.

“She was lock-down on the defensive facet for us,” Goodwin stated. :I believed she did a great job of shifting her ft and never utilizing her palms an excessive amount of and she or he received above screens which was essential in closing out on their shooters.”

“Ella is such an amazing participant and I’ve all of the respect for her,” Jones stated. “I knew coming into this sport we needed to preserve her in test to win the sport and I really feel like the whole group had nice defensive effort as we speak.”

One factor that has modified barely for Sadaya this season is the success of her exterior taking pictures. A self-proclaimed slasher, Jones says she emphasised enhancing her taking pictures total within the offseason and all year long. She hit 4 from lengthy vary in Thursday’s contest.

“Everybody is aware of I prefer to put the ball on the ground and get to the rim,” she stated. “I knew my leap shot was one thing I wanted to enhance. Our entire group is at all times getting further photographs up exterior of follow and it confirmed on this sport.”

Jones and the Mohigans will now journey to Charleston with their sights set on defending their state championship from a 12 months in the past. MHS would be the 4-seed and face off towards No. 5 Greenbrier East within the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 5 at 11:15 a.m.